State of Recruiting: Illinois

Syracuse has used their ties to the midwest to recruit Illinois hard in 2014. breaks down the latest in the Prairie State in the latest edition of our weekly "State of Recruiting" series.

The Syracuse staff has ties to the Midwest, stemming from when several spent time at Northern Illinois and/or Western Michigan. They have used those connections to hit the state of Illinois hard for their 2014 class.


Colton Moskal: Moskal was the top middle linebacker on Syracuse's board, and pulled the trigger on Saturday. The Orange staff view Moskal as a big time get, and love his upside. Not only is he important because of his position, but he can help Syracuse's commit Army that helps the Orange recruit.

Top Prospect

Lamar Dawson: The three star corner has a top three with the Orange making the cut. He says he wants to visit sometime within the next month in order to make a decision soon. Syracuse is in a good position here going forward. Dawson is an important prospect given his position.

The Next Best Thing

Brosnan could be important for Syracuse in 2014

Brendan Brosnan: Holding numerous offers, Syracuse continues to be one of the schools standing out to the Park Ridge (IL) product. He visited the Orange in May but doesn't appear to be close to a decision. Brosnan would like to visit Syracuse a second time before the summer is out. The Orange are in a good position and should continue to be a factor in his recruitment.

Orange (are) Out

Eric Shute: Syracuse was one of the favorites to land the three star guard, but he made his verbal pledge to North Carolina State nearly two weeks ago.

The following players with offers are committed elsewhere without Syracuse being overly involved: Justin Jackson, Nic Weishar, Ian Bunting, Enoch Smith Jr., Kyron Watson, Dylan Thompson, Mikale Wilbon, Clayton Thorson, Robert Spillane, Greg Taylor and Treevon Prater.

Nyles Morgan: The four star middle linebacker was never overly high on Syracuse. He appears to be looking at some of his elite offers that include Alabama, Ohio State, Florida, Michigan, Notre Dame, and many others.

Jamarco Jones: Another elite prospect, Jones has a top three that does not include Syracuse. The Orange went after Jones, but he did not reciprocate the interest.

Chris James: At one point, James said he loved Syracuse's history at running back. However, he is now only looking at a few schools, and the Orange are not one of them.

Matt Morrissey: Syracuse offered after the three star safety cut his list to three, and they were not able to make him rethink that list.

The Rest of the Offerees

Nile Sykes: A talented outside linebacker, Syracuse is likely to take Sykes regardless of how many linebackers they already have committed. Scott Shafer has said in the past he thought the roster needed more linebackers. The efforts of the Orange in 2014 reflect that philosophy. He will be visiting on July 12th, and that visit could tell a lot as far as where Syracuse stands with the three star prospect.

Dewayne Hendrix: One of the best defensive end prospects in the country, Hendrix is not anywhere close to a decision. He is playing everything very close to the vest. Syracuse is going against some elite prospects, but should continue to recruit him until and unless they are cut from his list.

Parrker Westphal: This is a tough spot for the Orange, as Westphal has a bunch of big time offers. He has not mentioned Syracuse during interviews, and they appear to be on the outside here.

Matt Domer: The situation regarding the three star running back is puzzling. The Orange have Ish Witter, Ervin Phillips, and Qadree Ollison as the top running backs on their board. Domer has been visited multiple times by the staff during the evaluation period, but cancelled a planned visit recently. It's hard to tell where the Syracuse coaches have Domer on their board, but they appear to have put a premium on the other prospects.

Chris Slayton is taking things slow

Chris Slayton: Syracuse hasn't been mentioned recently for the three star player. However, he is at a position of need for the Orange. If he does not visit over the summer, that could mean Syracuse is out for the 6-foot-5 end.

Micquell Cotton: Another defensive back that has Syracuse in his top three, Cotton also has not set a visit date. He says he is set to make his final decision on Friday, but won't be visiting anywhere before he pulls the trigger. Making a decision without visiting does not bode well for the Orange.

Aaron Roberts: Playing next to elite tackle Jamarco Jones has helped Roberts gain some attention. He currently only holds two major conference offers from Syracuse and in-state Illinois. Roberts says he has very strong interest in the Orange, and he could be an important prospect with Syracuse missing on Eric Shute. A visit will be critical here.

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